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be free? also this morning, more good news on the ebola front as another u.s. patient is declared virus free. and remembering the man who steered "the washington post's" watergate coverage and leaves behind a lasting legacy in journalism. good morning from washington. i'm luke russert. it's wednesday, october 22nd, 2014. this is the "daily rundown." two weeks from today, we'll be waking up to the news of which party will control the u.s. senate next year. that's unless of course there are runoffs in georgia and louisiana la that will push this election into weeks of overtime. the junkies might be rooting for that. candidates feel the urgency. that's true even in new hampshire which once looked secure for democrats but has tightened to a three-point race. last night, senator jeanne shaheen and former massachusetts senator scott brown met for their first televised debate, moderated by nbc's "meet the press," chuck todd. >> do you approve of the job president obama is doing? now, they'll be a chance to follow up, but this is a yes or
no answer. do you approve, yes or no? >> in some ways, i approve. in some things, i don't approve. >> they don't have a check on that -- >> like most questions that we deal with as policymakers, there aren't simple answers. yes or no. >> you had two chances to run for the u.s. senate in massachusetts in 2013 and 2014. why not take those? >> because i live here. i mean, i live here. i live here. i was born at the portsmouth navel shipyard. >> he thought about running for the senate again in massachusetts. then he thought about running for governor in massachusetts. they he went out to iowa and said he was thinking about running for president. i don't think new hampshire's a consolation prize. i think we need a senator -- >> wow. brown and shaheen sparred on isis, ebola and the rising cost
of home heating bills. >> she's against nuclear. she's against -- >> no, i'm not. >> when the nuclear power plant was in effect, you made an effort to stop it. >> no, i didn't. >> senator, with respect, you did. >> i was not in office at the time. >> i know, i know you, i know you weren't. >> chuck todd has more on that fight from new hampshire. he joins us now. >> just wrapping up here. debate night here in new hampshire. was a very lively debate between senators shaheen and brown you cow tell. i would argue both of them came out a little nervous, tentative. but boy did things heat up, particularly over the energy issue. you think about all the different back and forths we've seen about, in this race, in particular, whether it's health care, whether it has to do with reproductive rights or even the idea of gridlock in washington. energy ends up potentially being the closing issue of this campaign. when you think about the end of
the day, all politics is local, heating bills in new hampshire in particular hits new england harder than it seems to be most states in the union were getting to that time of year where people are preparing for that. so the fact that that's coming as the closing issue i think tells you somewhat of, a, the uncertainty of the race, a little bit, but, b, senator brown's the one that wanted to push this. that's where it got lively tonight on energy. it's hard to say. as a moderator, referee, i don't like to say who i think won or lost. i think they both came incredibly prepared. like i said, you could tell they both feel the competitiveness of this race happening. and there's no doubt that it's certainly one of our eight or nine competitive races. remember the history of new hampshire. new hampshire has been if the national political winds are blowing 5 miles an hour, they seem to gust harder up in new hampshire it you think about '06, '08 and '10. after here, i'm off to kansas. i'll see you in kansas. and then iowa, wisconsin.
our meet the voters road trip. eight states in ten days. does it get any better than that? back to you, luke. >> thanks, chuck. of course if you see him on the road, say hi to that bus, quite a cool thing. new hampshire wasn't the only thing with a televised debate last night. in north carolina, republican statehouse speaker tom tillis spent an hour talking to an empty chair. kay hagan agreed to three debates in july. that didn't include last night's roundtable. several news organizations chose not to participate after organizers put the empty chair on say the. tillis said north carolina should consider a medicaid expansion and was challenged on same sex marriage. >> do you support or oppose an amendment to the u.s. constitution banning same sex marriage? >> this is a decision that should be left for the states. >> senator cruz's reposal for a u.s. constitutional amendment hit the floor, you'd be a no vote? >> yes, i think so.
>> said voters shouldn't vote for mitch mcconnell just because they are angry with president obama. >> i want you to make sure nobody cast a protest vote. whoever heard of giving somebody a six-year job for a two-year protest? >> in colorado, hillary clinton took on those who criticized democratic senator mark udall for his woman centric strategy. >> some may wonder why mark udall has stressed women's rights in his campaign. i want you to understand, that as far as i'm concerned, and as far as mark is concerned, when he fights for women's rights, he is fighting on the frontier of freed freedom. >> in georgia, where democrats are counting on african-american turnout, the state democratic party has sent out these early voting mailers, telling voters, quote, if you want to prevent another ferguson in their
future, showing those kids right there, vote. warning, the cost of inaction is simply too great. in arkansas, senator mark pryor's 1985 college thesis has emerged as an election issue. under the headline, arkansas democratic mark pryor's desegregation and unwilling invasion. selectively quoting this thesis and telling pryor, argued pryor said, quote, desegregation of arkansas' largest public school in 1967 was an unwilling invasion. in context, pryor calls the behavior of the democratic governor at the time would refused the order to desegregate an embarrassing escapade, saying it marred the state's character in reputation. don't take your eyes off that major fight for florida governor. no electric fans on the debate stage last night but plenty of
am animosity between scott and crist. >> if you're somebody would flies around on a private jet and you live in a mansion on seat, it's hard to understand what people are suffering from. >> i watched a parent to lose their only family car. i watched a father struggle to buy christmas presents. i went through all that as a child. charlie never went through that. charlie grew up with plenty of money. >> we lived in a small apartment in atlanta when my dad was going to medical school and he used to deliver newspapers to make ends meet so you don't know me and you can't tell my story. i know you're worth about $100 million or $200 million today. god bless you for that wealth, rick, but the way you got it was pretty unsavory. >> joining me now to break down the latest in all these races, the tampa bay times adam smith in florida. msnbc political reporter caskac hunt. and political reporter adam smith.
i got relatives in florida and they've said to me this is a hold your nose election. both candidates are very much under water with their favored ability ratings. is this going to turn out which candidates the residents of florida can stand come election day? >> i think it's more like which they can least stand. a little bit better than the other guy. because both these people are upside down in their poll ratings. $50 million of mostly negative ads. i think anybody watching that debate could tell they hated each other and probably the viewers hated most of them too. >> a lot of emphasis has been put on that debate last week with the fan incident. you said it was one of the odder things you've seen in covering florida politics, and you've been doing that for quite a long time. how much do you think that weird encounter has resonated with voters? is that the takeaway from this election, is the fan gate? >> i think this is a tight election so anything can happen. there's not yet been a public
poll that suggested that charlie crist has gotten any kind of bump off of that. so we'll see. whether it really makes any difference, we don't know yet. >> adam smith, tampa bay times, a great follow on twitter, i encourage everyone to do that. thank you, i appreciate it. now, let me turn to kacie, covering the race between kay hagan and tillis. tillis focuses on ebola, isis, the border. last night, tillis was able to get free statewide air time. he was sitting next to an empty chair. >> he was sitting next to an empty chair. that caused some concern among journalists who agreed to participate in this debate. they didn't want it to seem like a staged event. they didn't want to be saying something about hag n's decision not to show up. she had said back in july she was not going to. north carolina voters struggling to hear anything other than talking points that the point in the race.
this is really sort of a saturated air war. but i would also say that tillis is experiencing some of the problems that democrats thought he might as he tried to, you know, run this as a general election in a purple state after having to win a hard fought primary. he talked both on policy and politics. he was still answering questions about imbeachment last night, especially for african-american voters here, is not a subject of great interest, shall we say. and then on policy, he was asked about the medicate expansion. he suggested that he might be open to potentially considering a medicaid expansion down the line. complete reversal from the primary when he ran ads bragging about how he stopped the medicaid expansion cold. >> also a reversal of what the state party has been doing. kacie, do you think tillis' connection to how conservative the state party has gone, is that more detrimental than kagan's connection to president
obama or do they even each other out? >> that's the great question, voters more opposed to what's going on in raleigh, the state capital, or more opposed to the president and what's going on in washington. i think that's part of why ebola and national security, isis, have helped tillis here. it shifted the focus somewhat up north to washington away from raleigh. he suffered some and i think hagan has held on to this lead partially because that state legislature session went much longer in the summer than it was supposed to. >> kacie hunt, north carolina. perry bacon at big picture with 13 days to go, perry, it seeps to me these races where there's incumbents are going to be these individual sort of just autonomous little fights. those open-ended races in south dakota, montana, west virginia. with the exception of georgia, it seems to be very difficult to predict these individual races trying to tie them to a national mood, if you will. >> that's the thing, there's no big trend. i mean, obama's not popular and that's hurting the democrats in the south. that's true in north carolina. that's true in arkansas. that's true in georgia.
beyond that, these races are all very different. like, we're seeing michelle nunn, the democrat in georgia, gaining points the last couple of weeks. she's focused on outsourcing comments david perdue's made. in kansas pat roberts who was down for a while is really coming back. he's done a good job of appealing. he's brought cruz and dole. that could be a closer race than we thought. >> bt ros brought in the hired hands, the big money, and it seems to be helping him. what i'm fascinating in, it does seem the real money now is there's going to be some sort of runoff in louisiana and georgia and the eyes of the world could be on those two states. there is some democratic strategy in trying to play for that run yoch, is there not? >> we know little about what happens on election day. in alaska, it's hard to count votes and louisiana, that's unlikely to see their candidate
get there. so georgia, the same thing. so i think you really have -- the democrats are thinking about what happens after, you know, what happens after election day. can you get the black turnout even higher in louisiana and georgia because that's going to be the key question. a lot of questions about turnout. like, none of the polling right now is getting about 30% of the white vote, about 87% of the african-american votes. >> absolutely. it's going to be a low turnout election. if you can somehow get into overtime and turn out your bases, does that cut back on the gop enthusiasm gap? perry bacon, thank you so much for joining us, we appreciate it. up next, another american cured of ebola heads home today. more good news for the dozens being monitored in dallas. all of this as new travel restrictions in our nation's largest airports take effect. those details and much more ahead. a look ahead at today's planner. at noon, doctors in omaha speak live about the did charge of
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the nbc news freelance photographer infected with ebola has been declared free of the virus and will leave the hospital this morning. he was admitted to nebraska medical center october 6. he contracted the virus while he was working in liberia. one of five americans successfully treated for ebola. those two dallas nurses are being treated in specialized bio containment units. nina pham has been upgraded to good condition. as of noon yesterday, 60 more people being monitored for ebola for 21 days, well, they're now,
thankfully, in the clear. another 112 are still being watched for their symptoms. if no one develops symptoms by november 7th, monitoring will end for everyone in the state of texas. nbc's kate snow kindly joins us now live from omaha where ashoka mukpo is going home today. >> it's been 20 days since he was diagnosed. he was brought here to the nebraska medical center. that was 16 days ago. they got word just yesterday he had had several blood tests that ran negative for ebola. that means he has no more virus in his system. what he tweeted at the time was ebola free and feeling so blessed. i fought and won with lots of help. also saying it is a profound relief to be free of this disease. he's been really big, luke, on talking about liberia and wanting people to continue to focus on the plight people
there. saying he's one of the lucky ones. he's very cognizant of what he left behind in liberia. he had lived there for two years and worked on and off as a freelance journalist so this is something that's really important to him that we keep the focus on what's happening in west africa. we expect to see ashoka a little bit later here and talk with him. have a chance to tell us about what this journey has beenrecov. there will also be a press conference with his doctors coming up at noon eastern time. >> kate snow, thank you. here in washington, today is the first day on the job for president obama's newly appointed ebola point person. ron klein has already met this morning with white house chief of staff dennis mcdonough. he'll meet with president obama and the ebola response team this afternoon. and new travel restrictions are going into effect today. everyone flying into the u.s. from an ebola stricken country must now fly into one of five airports where their temperatures and travel
histories will be taken. joining me now is adam shift who has been pushing for tougher travel restrictions. you push for tougher restrictions. are these screenings done at the airport, are they enough? they can easily be bypassed in the sense of someone is not truthful about the travel history, if they take a aspirin ahead of time, it seems to put a lot of emfa tus on how truthful passengers want to be. >> if you go to a travel ban, as some are advocating, then you get people really going to ground, really trying to evade any kind of testing. i think you get people coming into the country sur tiplessly and spreading the virus if they have it. we should want the president to listen to the experts rather than listen to some hyperbole. i think this is the right step. the white house also is ostensibly saying they're going to keep an eye on things and if
things need to change, they'll be prepared to do it. >> why not spread the travel bans on these countries? >> the big problem is people aren't coming here directly from west africa. so they come through europe. if we make a travel visa ban, put that in place, then basically people are going to hide where they're coming from. they won't get tested when they come. they won't come through those airports. and we'll lose track of them. that i think is the effect of trying to put a visa ban in place by allowing travel, monitor people. that's probably more protective. >> so in effect, we're trying to create a database of who's coming in, who could have had any type of exposure to ebola. by having those types of bans, we lose our ability to do that because people would purposely try and go around? >> i think that's exactly it. you cause people to go to ground. you lose your ability to track them. and as we see, not only in this country, but others that have successfully now eliminated ebola from their country, the ability to track those who come in that may carry the virus has
been critical to that success. >> let's talk about that. in nigeria, a huge success story. ebola has been declared -- it's been declared ebola free. here's the capital city of lagos. 20 million people who limb ve o top of each other a lot. through a strong government effort to track people and have quarantine, they were able to stop it. is the u.s. doing enough to embolden the governments in the stricken african countries to have that type of tracking we saw in my ovnigeria? >> we're certainly doing more than any other country. is it enough? well, internationally, none of us have done enough. and that's why the outbreak is the largest we've ever seen. so we're going to have to do more. i'm sure we will do more. i think americans will be proud of what we have done thus far because we've mounted a very aggressive effort in africa to
contain this where it is. frankly, it's not only the right thing to do in terps of africa, it's the most protective things to do in terms of america because if we can keep it contained there, then we tonight have a problem here at home. >> it seems this is going to be a problem for the long term. this is not something that will disappear off the front pages of the american newspapers. if, in fact, it does, it still leaves thousands upon thousands at risk in africa who could potentially come here. >> i don't thing it's going to be a long fight but it's going to be tough to turn this back when it gets to this level of an outbreak. we will defeat this. i hope we will also learn from this in terms of helping to improve the health in africa. we're learning a lot as we speak from our experience in texas and some of that we've learned the hard way. i think having these fast response teams that can go to where there's an outbreak, having better protocols in place, beefing up the resources in hospitals as well as cdc and nih, all of those things will
well prepare us for the next outbreak. >> god willing, it comes way far in the distance. representative, thank you. we appreciate it. coming up, freed from north korea, the surprise home coming that could signal a big shift in u.s./north korea relations. plus fresh off her nobel peace prize win, malala speaks exclusively with msnbc's own ronan farrow. what's next for the international phenom. first, which teams were playing the last time a sitting president attended a world series game? the first person to tweet the correct answer will get an on-air shoutout. the answer and more coming up on "the daily rundown." hint, curt schilling. [ male announcer ] it's a warning. a wake-up call. but it's not happening out there. it's happening in here. [ sirens wailing ] inside of you. even if you're treating your crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis,
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dayton where fowle's plane arrived a few hours ago. he was arrested after leaving a bible behind during his travels in north korea. this morning, north korean leader kim jong-un said he was released because of repeated requests from president obama. he said there was no deal cut to secure the release. >> no, there was no prquid pro quo. and we are very concerned about the remaining american citizens in north korea. we have great hopes that north korea will see the president of releasing them also. >> while in custody, fowle admitted to breaking a law that forbids independent religious activities. he said north korean officials treated hip well and even apologized to the u.s. and north korean governments for the
incident. >> big headache for the state department when something like this happens. i apologize to the people. as well as to the people in the government, the dprk. >> but as secretary kerry said, there are two other americans, matthew miller and kenneth bay who remain in north korean custody. on tuesday, bay's sister release add statement saying while we wrestle with the disappointment kenneth was not brought home as well, we believe, however optimistic, this release could be a sign of hope for kenneth. joining me now, a man who sat across the table from north korean officials, former new mexico governor bill richardson. thank you so much for being on the show. >> nice to be with you, luke. >> you said you think this could represent a thawing in u.s./north korean relations? why? >> well, because it's good news on three fronts. one, kim jong-un made the decision. and that's the first time we've sensed a positive gesture on his
part. secondly, it was a humanitarian gesture with no conditions. the north koreans didn't even request a special envoy or big political star to pick him up. third, it seems that what we're getting from the north koreans is the first signs of, okay, we're ready to start talking, come out of our isolation. and we want to show you a nice gesture and you need to reciprocate, u.s. so hopefully this will lead to the release of the two others. although what you don't want is the north koreans to hold these two as bargaining chips. unlike jeffrey who was released without any condition. >> so you believe this was just sort of an act of good will on north korea, to try to get something in exchange? there is no under the table sort of agreement here at the state department or at the swedish embassy that negotiates for us in north korea? >> apparently the only demand
the north koreans made is there be an airplane to transport jeffrey outside of north korea. but it was done in normal diplomatic channels. the swedes represent us in north korea. they made a number of entreaties. i think it also helped that jeffrey foul had not been charged formally. although he had been in income for six months. his crime was basically having a bible and leaving it behind. so i think that the north koreans now see the next two. we'll see what they do, what they demand in exchange. but hopefully, they're sending a message. look, we don't want to politicize these. although they have in the past. i think what's significant, luke, is this is the first action by kim jong-un, the new leader, on a prisoner exchange issue with the u.s. and he passed the test i think reasonably well by releasing him. >> well, let's -- >> of course, they didn't
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they probably did not expect this. u.s. authorities say three teenage girls were stopped in germany over the weekend as they tried to make their way to the front lines in syria. two of the girls are sisters, 15 and 16. the third is a 16-year-old friend of somali origin. they're from suburban denver. reported missing after skipping school on friday. officials say the three left that day on a flight from denver through chicago. then frankfurt with tickets to fly on to istanbul in turkey. where did they get the money from that? from there, they apparently hoped to join up with isis fighters. although it's not clear how u.s. officials -- not clear how, rather. u.s. officials tell nbc news the girls probably won't be charged. this morning, secretary of state john kerry said it's a good thing german officials were on their toes. >> it's important not to comment on the why and wherefore of this, except to say that this is an example of good cooperation between us and the increased vigilance of law enforcement on
this issue of the movement of people from one country to another. >> in syria, isis may have gotten some inadvertent help from the u.s. militants have released video they say shows weapons and supplies that were fent fmeant kurdish fighters but ended up with isis. nbc news has not verified those claims. kirby says officials are looking into it. >> they are certainly of the kinds of material that was dropped, small arms ammunition and weaponry. so it's not out of the realm of the possible in that regard. we're taking a look at this. we just don't know. >> and joining me now to talk about this latest development is richard engel who joins me by phone from southern turkey. and, richard, when i saw the video of these parachutes holding supplies, going into this war zone, one of my first reactions what oh, gosh, what if there's a stiff wind or
something that brings it toward an isis position? what happened? did isis get a hold of some armament from the u.s. meant for the kurds? >> well, as you know, there's been a lot of back and forth on this issue. this reof volves around the towf kobani. right on the turkish border. it is held by a kurdish militia. it has been under attack for about a month now by isis militants. and the isis militants have been constantly sending in suicide bombers, car bombs, raining artillery down on the city. in many cases, we've heard about atrocities taking place. yet kobani has been holding on. the united states, after initially not doing very much about kobani, decided, despite turkish objections, because turkey does not support the kurdish militia that's holding this town right on its border, the u.s. decided to send in bundles, air drop them in in
c-130 carrier planes, of medical supplies, ammunition and weapons, and according to isis, one of those bundles landed in their hands and they made a propaganda video showing it. the u.s. has said it is investigating. it says it did acknowledge one of the bundles went missing but it was later destroyed. >> yeah, a pr coup for isis. it also shed some light on those folks worried about further escalation because of where the weapons could end up. thank you, we appreciate it. the youngest person ever to win the nobel peace prize says young muslims should question the methods and message of isis fibers. 17-year-old malalla told msnbc's ronan farrow about her conversation about terrorism with president obama. >> you spoke to president obama
and you went right for the jugular with very controversial issues about your home country. >> so, when i was meeting president obama, i had two issues. nubbin woumber one, the money s weapons and wars, if that money is spend on education, it could change the world. the best way to fight terrorism is to investigate in education because -- [ applause ] and my message was very simple. i said instead of sending guns, send books. instead of sending weapon, send teachers. so this was my simple message. >> msnbc's ronan farrow joins us with more on his interview with this remarkable young woman. ronan, she is an international free nome rock star, whatever you want to call her. what were your takeaways?
>> she's an extraordinary level. she's so grounded. she's so likable. she talked a lot about just living life as a british schoolgirl now. she's in birmingham, england. she's juggling her school work with all of the craze of winning the nobel peace prize. she's not resting on her laurals. as you heard there, she is going for the throat with a lot of very controversial issues. one thing that we'll have more of at 1:00 p.m. on my program is her answering for the first time what did president obama say to her when she talked about drone strikes. the answer was propertiy prett surprising. i think we have some sound her talking about her relationship with her brothers. >> they like teasing me. they like annoying me. and -- >> it's the role of brothers. >> yes. >> we're very annoying. >> i'm the only sister. they don't try to say, okay, she's the only one, we should respect her, we should love her. and when i enter their rooms and
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in 2012 washington state and colorado legalized recreational marijuana. this fall alaska, oregon, and washington, d.c., could join them. alaska's ballot measure would make the purchase and sale of marijuana legal and create a marijuana control and tax the drug at $50 per ounce wholesale oregon will decide whether to allow adults whether to possess up to 8 ounces of dry marijuana and up to four plant's. in washington, d.c.,'s ballot ask if adults should be able to possesses up to 2 ounces and up to six plants. florida voters will decide whether to join the 23 states where medical marijuana is legal. on the ballot is amendment 2 which is allowing qualifying patients and person care givers to dispense marijuana more medical years. the campaign for and against has been fierce.
>> i have learned about the benefits of medical marijuana in the treatment of epilepsy in children. we feel her saying, mom, dad, help me. >> when is it going to stop? >> this is my prescription pad and you won't need it to legally buy pot under amendment two. amendment two is a trick. it's written to make you think pot will require a prescription like fda approved medications. it won't. >> nbc peter alexander joining me live from orlando where he'll moderate a debate on amendment 2. quite a politically contentious issue. but with marijuana on the ballot maybe a tip of the scales to democrats. >> that certainly is the hope of some democrats. they think that perhaps young people can support this but charlie crist. here in the state of florida, it would become the 24th state in the south to approve the use of medical marijuana. the proponents say this is a compassionate way to treat
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